Freeman Vines

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Freeman Vines Electric Blues


An artist, a luthier and a spiritual philosopher, Freeman Vines’ life is a roadmap of the truths and contradictions of the American South. He remembers the hidden histories of the eastern North Carolina land on which his family has lived since enslavement. For over 50 years Vines has transformed materials culled from a forgotten landscape in his relentless pursuit of building a guitar capable of producing a singular tone that has haunted his dreams. From tobacco barns, mule troughs, and radio parts he has created hand-carved guitars, each instrument seasoned down to the grain by the echoes of its past life. Freeman’s work will premiere at the Turner Contemporary in the United Kingdom on February 6th, 2020 and solo exhibition at the Greenville Museum of Art on May 29th, 2020.


How We Helped:

Since partnering with Freeman in 2015, Music Maker has provided sustenance support and emergency grants in addition to professional services cataloging his archive of guitar and providing materials for him to use to create new works. Through the sustenance support Freeman has been able to get his diabetes under control, using the monthly monthly grant to purchase much needed medicine.


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